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Phillies 3, Brewers 1: Rhys Hoskins' homer the lone highlight on a frustrating night

PHILADELPHIA -- When you get your opportunities against Zack Wheeler, you simply have to take advantage of them.

The Milwaukee Brewers were reminded of that the hard way on Monday night, when they failed to score with the bases loaded and nobody out in the second inning and then had another runner thrown out at the plate in the fifth.

Those failures led directly to a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, as the Brewers had their season-high winning streak snapped at five games.

Rhys Hoskins homered off Wheeler in the seventh for Milwaukee, a terrific moment in an otherwise frustrating game dominated by Wheeler (seven innings, five hits, one run, three walks, six strikeouts in 114 pitches).

Jared Koenig started as the Brewers utilized him as their “opener” for the third time this season, with Bryse Wilson taking over in the second and lasting 5 ⅔ innings.

Brewers first baseman Rhys Hoskins watches his home run against the Phillies during the seventh inning Monday in Philadelphia.
Brewers first baseman Rhys Hoskins watches his home run against the Phillies during the seventh inning Monday in Philadelphia.

Rhys Hoskins delivers the Brewers' only run

With the offense dead in the water in the seventh, who better than Hoskins to deliver Milwaukee's first run?

And Hoskins did so in style, homering to left with two outs -- a solo shot that left the sellout crowd of 43,553 booing him as he rounded the bases and then cheering as he acknowledged them after crossing home plate.

BOX SCORE: Phillies 3, Brewers 1

What a moment for him on a memorable day.

Wilson ended up going 5 ⅔ innings, allowing six hits, three runs and a walk with a strikeout in 91 pitches. He was replaced in the seventh by Hoby Milner, who entered and immediately picked off a baserunner for the third out without needing to throw a pitch.

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David Dahl, of all people

Wilson navigated a scoreless third before being taken deep by David Dahl, of all people, with one out in the fourth.

Dahl, who was a non-roster invitee to major-league spring training with the Brewers in 2022, was called up from Class AAA Lehigh Valley earlier in the day.

He also singled in Philadelphia's two-run second.

There was more bad luck for the Brewers in the fifth when Hoskins drew a leadoff walk, stole second with two outs and then was thrown out trying to score on a Blake Perkins single to center. The throw from Johan Rojas came in at 96.7 mph and was right on the money as JT Realmuto applied the tag to the sliding Hoskins.

That left the Brewers 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position, with no runs scoring.

Brewers first baseman Rhys Hoskins acknowledges the crowd during his return to Philadelphia before his at bat in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park.
Brewers first baseman Rhys Hoskins acknowledges the crowd during his return to Philadelphia before his at bat in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park.

I'm not crying, Rhys Hoskins is crying

It had to have been a tough ask for Hoskins to step to the plate after not only a thoughtful video honoring his time with the Phillies heading into the second inning, but then when he received a lengthy standing ovation once it was his turn to bat.

Hoskins acknowledged Realmuto, then the crowd before stepping into the box about a minute later. He eventually popped up for the third out.

After Koenig tossed a quick 1-2-3 first, Wilson came on and soon thereafter ran into trouble. Three straight two-out singles left him and the Brewers in a 2-0 hole.

Milwaukee appeared as though it was primed to cut into that lead when Jake Bauers and Perkins sandwiched singles around a Joey Ortiz walk to start the third. But Brice Turang hit into a 1-2-3 double play and William Contreras struck out to short-circuit the budding rally.

The Brewers are 27th in the major leagues with the bases loaded this season.

Brewers time, TV, radio

The Brewers game starts at the 5:40 p.m. Monday.

TV: Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio: AM-620 and a state network.

Brewers lineup

Phillies lineup

Brewers schedule

Brewers at Phillies, 5:40 p.m. Tuesday: Milwaukee TBA vs. LHP Cristopher Sánchez (3-3, 2.83). Broadcasts: TV – Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio – AM-620.

Brewers at Phillies, 3:10 p.m. Wednesday: Milwaukee TBA vs. Philadelphia RHP Aaron Nola (7-2, 3.03). Broadcasts: TV – Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio – AM-620.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Phillies 3, Brewers 1: Rhys Hoskins' homer the lone highlight on a frustrating night